Hello from the land down under! Its winter here and I’m wearing shorts and a vest, its 9 hours ahead so when I have to get up at 7.30am my body thinks its 4.30pm here which is weird and they work in dollars which are brightly coloured and look a lot like monopoly money! Ok so now you’re up to speed on Australia.
The first couple of days we spent doing boring things like setting up bank accounts, phones and food shopping. I can honestly say I had the most fun I have ever had in a bank when I set up my account here. The guy was chatting about all the British celebs and gossip so the conversation was more suited to being at the hairdressers or something rather than the bank! I sorted out a new mobile too. It’s annoying that they don’t do pay as you go phones here! You have to get something called prepaid and you buy a $30 minimum recharge (aka top up) card and then the network multiplies that to give you your credit. Like I get $300 worth of calls but free texts to Oz numbers and unlimited Facebook but my phones looking for English mobile internet so can’t connect. I will get it fixed soon. But the credit expires after 30 days so it’s a bit like a rolling one month contract but you don’t have to renew as soon as the 30 days are up, you can go without your phone for a bit. Oh and Mum, I was food shopping and I found Anzac biscuits! They are a bit like soft hobnobs but with peanuts and coconut. Sounds odd but they are nice. Everyone else reading this won’t get that but never mind.
Shopping has been interesting. Shoes go up to like $300+ which is like £200 so I really can’t afford to keep my shoe addiction at its high level. Things are so expensive! Like going out last night, yes we were in this club by the water (love being so close to the water) but it was $8 for a vodka and cranberry which is like over a fiver! I am living off my credit card till I get paid and that first pay cheque can’t come soon enough! Mind you we did go to this cool little vintage market yesterday and that’s got some really nice things and cheaper than the city. I found a really nice dress that I want but didn’t get this week. Maybe if it’s still there next week I’ll get it then.